September 18, 2009

AS MR. ROBINSON CONCEDES...:

The Favor Jimmy Carter Did Us All (Eugene Robinson, September 18, 2009, Washington Post)

What I wrote last year about candidate Barack Obama -- that to win he had to be seen as "the least-aggrieved black man in America" -- may be even more relevant now. To lead this diverse and fractious nation effectively, the president has to negotiate racial issues with delicacy, caution and tact. He has to give even his most vocal critics the benefit of the doubt.

But I don't. So I can say in plain language that Jimmy Carter was right in essence, but wrong in degree. It seems clear to me that some -- but not "an overwhelming portion," as Carter claimed -- of the "intensely demonstrated animosity" toward Obama is indeed "based on the fact that he is a black man."


...the curious aspect of this whole argument is that while some of the opposition to Mr. Obama is certainly racial, all of his original support was. He was so inexperienced and ill-prepared for the office he sought that the only basis for favoring him was as a sort of quota hire. Kind of hard to take these foilks seriously when they denounce racism from a racialist perch.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 18, 2009 6:11 AM
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